A person who has many talents, can perform a lot of things with some degree of skill, is often referred to as A Jack of all trades. It is not a glamorous title, in fact it is not used in a complimentary tone. A Jack is the third highest card in the deck, after the King and the Queen. But being a Jack of all trades, implies that you are master of none!
I grew up with three brothers and was something of a tomboy in my teens. My father was very interested in teaching us kids how to fix things. But my brothers, being boys weren’t much into learning all that stuff and I was the one who learned a lot of handy tricks. I could not only change a bulb, but a socket too. Could rewire an electrical device like a lamp, fan and fix a fuse as well. This made me very useful to have around, specially when my friends, all girls needed something fixed. I learned the girly stuff too, from my grand mother like cooking, baking and sewing. I could knit, embroider and paint too. As I became an adult and was introduced to a computer, I learned how to program it, compress files, reprogram it and all sorts of tricks in between.
So where am I going with all this- that I am a Jack of all trades but I didn’t master any of the skills. But I am happy with my skill level. It saves me a lot of hassle, time and money. I mostly manage to fix the things that need fixing. I also can improvise and make do if I don’t have a specific thing for a specific job. And the sense of satisfaction I get is the best thing about this talent.
So it’s not bad! Being a Jack! Or the handyman as my kids sometimes joke!
Have you any skill in this area?